The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World

Paperback | August 24, 2006

byJ. P. Mallory, D. Q. Adams

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This book introduces Proto-Indo-European and explores what the language reveals about the people who spoke it. The Proto-Indo-Europeans lived somewhere in Europe or Asia between 5,500 and 8,000 years ago, and no text of their language survives. J. P. Mallory and Douglas Adams show how over thelast two centuries scholars have reconstructed it from its descendant languages, the surviving examples of which comprise the world's largest language family. After a concise account of Proto-Indo-European grammar and a consideration of its discovery, they use the reconstructed language and relatedevidence from archaeology and natural history to examine the lives, thoughts, passions, culture, society, economy, history, and environment of the Proto-Indo-Europeans. Our distant ancestors had used the wheel, were settled arable farmers, kept sheep and cattle, brewed beer, got married, madeweapons, and had 27 verbs for the expression of strife. The subjects to which the authors devote chapters include fauna, flora, family and kinship, clothing and textiles, food and drink, space and time, emotions, mythology, religion, and the continuing quest to discover the Proto-Indo-Europeanhomeland.Proto-Indo-European-English and English-Proto-Indo-European vocabularies and full indexes conclude the book. Written in a clear, readable style and illustrated with maps, figures, and tables, this book is on a subject of great and enduring fascination. It will appeal to students of languages,classics, and the ancient world, as well as to general readers interested in the history of language and of early human societies.

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This book introduces Proto-Indo-European and explores what the language reveals about the people who spoke it. The Proto-Indo-Europeans lived somewhere in Europe or Asia between 5,500 and 8,000 years ago, and no text of their language survives. J. P. Mallory and Douglas Adams show how over thelast two centuries scholars have reconstruc...

J. P. Mallory is Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at the Queen's University of Belfast. He holds a PhD in Indo-European Studies (1975) from the University of California. His books include In Search of the Indo-Europeans (1989) and, with Victor Mair, The Tarim Mummies: The Mystery of the First Westerners in Ancient China (2000). He...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:760 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.54 inPublished:August 24, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199296685

ISBN - 13:9780199296682

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Table of Contents

List of MapsList of FiguresList of TablesList of Abbreviations and AcronymsIntroduction: How to Use This Book1. Discovery2. The Elements3. Reconstructing Proto-Indo-European4. The System5. Relationships6. A Place in Time7. Reconstructing the Proto-Indo-Europeans8. The Physical World9. Indo-European Fauna10. Indo-European Flora11. Anatomy12. Family and Kinship13. Hearth and Home14. Clothing and Textiles15. Material Culture16. Food and Drink17. Society18. Space and Time19. Number and Quantity20. Mind, Emotions and Sense Perception21. Speech and Sound22. Activities23. Religion24. Grammatical Categories25. Comparative Mythology26. Origins - The Never-ending TaleBasic Sound Correspondences Between PIE and the Major IE GroupsA Proto-Indo-European-English Word-ListAn English-Proto-Indo-European Word-ListReferencesIndex of LanguagesIndex of Subjects and Places